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Compare - The Sun Rising by John Donne, To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell, Sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnet 138 by William Shakespearee, Sonnet by Michael Drayton

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Year 10 Pre-1914 Poetry Coursework In English we are studying poetry. As part of our GCSE Coursework we were given the task to compare all of the five poems that we have studied so far this year. These are the five poems: a) The Sun Rising by John Donne b) To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell c) Sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning d) Sonnet 138 by William Shakespeare e) Sonnet by Michael Drayton All of the above poems are mainly about love. They are about men and women about loving and caring for each other, but this isn't always the case. Sometimes they don't always get along well and could lead to break up in relationships. Love is a key aspect in many of people's lives today in the world. Each poem has a different argument. In Michael Drayton's poem, the lover is attempting to blackmail his girl to sty with him. ...read more.


The tone changes from present to past. It is a very genuine tone. William Shakespeare's poem is very cynical and light-hearted, because although they lie to each other, they are still happy at the end of the day. Each poet has decided to write in a particular style. In sonnet (Michael Drayton) he changes the subject in the last two lines, 'Now if thou wouldst, when all have given him over, From death to life thou might'st him yet recover.' During the poem he pretends that he doesn't really care if they break up, but then he says we might recover and meet again as she believes in life after death. In sonnet 138 (William Shakespeare) he uses a pun. This is a word with 2 meanings. He uses the word lie, as in to sleep or rest, or not to tell the truth. 'Therefore I lie with her, and she with me, And in our faults by lies we flatter'd be. ...read more.


The least effective poem, in my opinion, is Sonnet by Michael Drayton. I don't really enjoy this poem as much as I did with the others. One of the main reasons for this is because all the others are about happiness; most of the lovers are getting on well together, whereas here they are trying to blackmail each other. There is also very little detail compared to the others. For example it doesn't give you a lot of imagery. The most effective poem, in my opinion, is To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell. I really enjoy this poem as it gives you plenty of detail and you can easily get into the poem and understand what is happening. The tone changes twice in lines 21 and 33. You can see how much they love each other as it says, in line 42, 'Our sweetness, up into one ball.' This clearly shows you that they are getting on very well together and are enjoying it. This quote gives you an image of how they are getting long with each other. ...read more.

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